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TE Coby Fleener - Indianapolis Colts

6-6, 247Born: 9-20-1988College: StanfordDrafted: Round 2

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Dwayne Allen is back to dominate the red zone, and the split of overall tight end targets with him is enough to put Fleener back in the "barely a desperation play" range.

Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Andrew Luck posted 18/34 for 187 yards passing, two TDs and one interception vs. the Texans last week - unfortunately, the usual Texan-slayer, T.Y. Hilton, tweaked his hamstring during the game and was ineffective after the injury (eight targets for 4/50/0 receiving). Hakeem Nicks (two for 2/44/1) and Dwayne Allen (four for 2/16/1) were the recipients of Luck's TD passes last week, while Coby Fleener saw five targets for 2/32/0 receiving. We'll see if Luck can rev up this attack to it's normal high-octane level here in Week 16. The Cowboys' pass D is ranked 23rd in the NFL averaging 249.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 20 passing TDs given up vs. 14 interceptions and 23 sacks generated so far this season (tied for 11th- and 28t-ranked, respectively). Mark Sanchez threw 17/28 for 219 net yards, zero TDs and two interceptions against the Cowboys last week; Jay Cutler stung this D with 32/46 for 341 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown two weeks ago. Luck and company have a good shot at getting back on track against the Cowboys' sub-par pass D.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs JAX 2 28 0 0
13 vs WAS 4 127 2 0
14 at CLE 5 56 0 0
15 vs HOU 2 32 0 0
16 at DAL PROJ-Dodds 3 * * *
16 at DAL PROJ-Tremblay 4 * * *
16 at DAL PROJ-Bloom 3 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 127 / 2 rec)

The Colts starting tight end continues to be a must-start, despite Fleener's frustrating moments. As long as Dwayne Allen remains hurt, Fleener will produce, as he did on Sunday. Fleener did drop one wide open 52-yard touchdown pass, but went on to catch two more long touchdown passes, including one where he broke two tackles and outraced the defender 70 yards down the field. It was one of the few times in his career that he's showed the speed and strength combination he was praised for in the 2012 draft, but those times have come closer together recently. Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton has done a great job of scheming Fleener open, and he'll continue to get targets in coming weeks.

2014 Week 14 vs CLE (10 / 5 / 56 / 0 rec)

Fleener really didn't see his role reduced in Dwayne Allen's return, as he was targeted 10 times (second on the team) and produced five catches for 56 yards. Fleener didn't score, but that was due to Luck's struggles against a solid Cleveland pass defense more than anything else. Fleener did have one drop on Sunday, but Luck and offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton haven't held those against him this season, routinely going back to him after drops.

2014 Week 15 vs HOU (5 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)

After a few strong games in a row, Fleener dropped back down to earth on Sunday. He dropped two contested catches for first downs, didn't read the same defense Andrew Luck did on Luck's pick six and failed to make much of an impact. It was a tough day for the offense overall, but Fleener could have extended multiple drives with better play.


Latest News

Colts | Dwayne Allen sees more snaps (Tue Dec 16, 06:25 PM) - Indianapolis Colts TE Dwayne Allen played 53 of the team's 68 offensive snaps in Week 15 against the Houston Texans, and TE Coby Fleener played in 40 of the snaps. It was necessary to have Allen on the field for much of the day in order to help block DE J.J. Watt. Allen also had a touchdown in the game.

Our View: Fantasy owners can look to Allen as a low-end TE1 or high-end TE2 in Week 16.
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